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. sitting in tonight for brian. as president obama dangled the threat of tough o'er action against russia, the crisis in ukraine took a dangerous and deadly new turn today on the ground and in the air. as ukrainian forces in the east launch a major counter offensive against pro russian insurgents who then shot down two ukrainian helicopters. but the conflict has spread to southern ukraine. a country increasingly divided against itself, coming closer to the brink. we get more from our british partner itn. >> the term civil war should not be used lightly, but tonight, ukraine appears to be perilously close. >> the southern port city of odes odessa, a city split between those loyal to russia and those to ukraine. the two sides fought in the city center and the result was a bloodbath. more than 30 known to have died, and it is likely to have been more. unlike the east of ukraine, pro russians cannot dominate here. normal ukrainians, young women, middle aged mothers, joined in on the fight. the police were nowhere to be seen and there was little they could have done. it is when the pro ukraini
. >>> and this was bound to happen in light of the new economic sanctions on russia, russia's deputy prime minister suggested the u.s. use a trampoline to get our astronauts to the international space station. this is dicey territory because right now nasa has no other way of getting american astronauts into space, aside from the russians the americans take off and land these days on the soyuz spacecraft and have to live with and get along with russian cosmonauts. and in very close quarters. >>> back in this country the supreme court took up the hot issue of privacy. specifically can police acting without a warrant search through the cell phones of people they arrest? as you watch this next report ask yourself what may be on your phone that you might not want the wider world to see. our report tonight from our justice correspondent, pete williams. >> reporter: what's on your cell phone? more than 90% of americans have them. nearly two-thirds smartphones. >> things that i don't even want to say on camera it's that sensitive. >> reporter: with 13 million people arrested every year most for minor offe
including is president obama have unleashed a new barrage of sanctions on russia, taking aim at powerful businesses linked to vladimir putin's circle. with military action deemed all but impossible, this is instead about using money to apply pressure. the report from andrea mitchell. >> reporter: so far, russia isn't backing down. today pro russian strong men went after supporters of the kiev government, even allegedly shooting the mayor in the back. he was injured seriously but survived. hit again with sanctions, vladimir putin remains defiant. critics say that's because the critics say that's because the critics say that's because the critics say that's because the critics say that's because the u.s. and europe hit seven officials and 17 companies but not the biggest banks and energy companies after pressure from bp and other companies with huge investments. today president obama says he does not want to target putin himself. >> the goal here is not to go after mr. putin personally. the goal is to change his calculous. >> reporter: but those sanctioned today do include some who could b
western countries prepare to impose new sanctions on russia as early as tomorrow. eight foreign observers being held for three days by pro-russian militants suddenly appeared at a news conference today. our report from nbc's jim maceda in ukraine. >> reporter: they look like prisoners of war, but these were envoys of peace, eight military observers from the osce abducted on friday and paraded today under armed guard. >> we have no indication when we will be sent home to our countries and to see our families. >> reporter: one hostage was freed for medical reasons, but the rest have become the latest weapon in the insurgents' arsenal. "the key of junta," he said, "is holding a number of our allies. so if possible, we're ready for an exchange." flexing their muscles, militants in donetsk tried to commandeer the local tv station and force it to broadcast a russian channel. the militants left when engineers convinced them it couldn't be done. both sides, pro-russian and pro-ukraine forces preparing for war. at this border crossing, ukrainian soldiers make sandbags to beef up their defensive po
with russia grows more intense. >> and high honor for a baseball icon, why a statute of a broadcaster is way up there near the worst seats in the house. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >>> good evening. what has been an unusual quiet start to tornado season ended with six tornados doing heavy damage and sending people to hospitals in eastern north carolina. the start of what forecasters say is going to be a very violent, dangerous and potentially daily couple of days from the gulf coast to the midwest. as we come on the air tonight, the risk for severe weather is ramping up from texas to kansas and the potential for deadly tornados only increases and expands as we get into sunday and monday. tonight, with some 32 million americans in the danger zone, officials in several states are warning people to get their tornado plans out and to stay glued to the local forecast. our coverage begins with nbc's janet in houston. >> reporter: this is how it began. >> here it goes right here. all right. we got debris right here. >> reporter: a f
of the border and sending jets in and out, and that prompted ukraine's prime minister accusing russia of trying to start a third world war. hagel tried to call his russian counterpart, but there was no return call. and there's reports that vladimir putin has cut off all high-level contact with washington. meanwhile, there have been skirmishes between russian troops and eastern ukraine. a news reporter, now free, says russian partisans held him for four days, beat him and accused him of working for the cia, which is not true. in south korea today, president obama called european leaders to urge more sanctions on russia that will be imposed on monday we're told. the allies agreed to ratchet up sanctions with russia but not as far as the u.s. wants to avoid hurting their own economy. they do a lot of business with russia. >> andrea mitchell in our d.c. news room tonight. andrea, thanks. >>> some tough video ahead here. in iraq, a stark reminder today of the violence that still consumes that country more than two years after u.s. troops pulled out. a suicide attack, it was recorded on video as it h
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